SPOILERS: Five Questions After ‘ Captain America: Civil War’

Now that the dust has settled from Captain America: Civil War, let’s look at five questions going forward.

I stress this is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Captain America: Civil War (2016) - The battle
Captain America: Civil War (2016) – The battle

What Are They Going to Do with Bucky?

At the conclusion of the film, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) are at Wakanda discussing Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) future and placing him in cryostatis since H.Y.D.R.A. programming is still embedded within.

So let me get this straight. Despite the most advanced technology available, there isn’t some advanced breakthroughs in psychology to break up mind control? Grant Ward was able to break Agent 33’s H.Y.D.R.A.’s programming in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet Bucky’s programming as the Winter Soldier can’t be fixed? That’s awfully convenient.

The Winter Soldier and Captain America vs. Iron Man
The Winter Soldier and Captain America vs. Iron Man

How Will Marvel Cinematic Universe Treat Iron Man Going Forward?

Since Iron Man/Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) introduction to the MCU, the character is defined by his guilt and approaching this film, his guilt drove him to sign the Sokovia Accords, which Civil War is mainly driven by the fallout from The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

Tony’s guilt also blinded him to what Steve saw what was going on with Bucky. While Tony understandably reacted the way he did upon finding out who killed his parents and Steve withholding that information, you’re really starting to see how sick Tony is of seeing those affected by the collateral damage caused by the battles the Avengers face.

As tired as Tony is, you can also see him take more of an auxiliary role going forward given his current status with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which it might be safe to assume he might take on the intellectual mentor role to Peter (Tom Holland) like Curt Connors was in the original Spider-Man universe.

Iron Man and War Machine
Iron Man and War Machine

How Will MCU Treat Captain America Going Forward?

Given how Civil War didn’t end with Steve taking a bullet and dying for his cause, he is off in Wakanda and possible involvement with Black Panther, which comes out in 2018. Will we see Cap again before Infinity Wars or whatever the Russo brothers decide to rename the next Avengers film? Chris Evans is taking the role for Cap as needed basis similar to how RDJ is taken up for Iron Man. At least we know, RDJ is open to the idea of a fourth Iron Man.

I’m not sure how much more any future Captain America films will be focused on getting Bucky back to normal.

How Will the Rest of the MCU Be Affected by the Events of the Film?

We know the biggest change for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Given how Inhumans was recently shelved from their projected release date, no one knows what the long term plan would be since Cap is still trying to uncover H.Y.D.R.A.’s secrets and we have Ward as the current vessel for HIVE. We also know there’s been a constant struggle between having S.H.I.E.L.D. work with the Inhumans throughout the current season.

The ripple effect is likely going to mainly affect the show, but you’re not likely going to see it in the next two MCU films Dr. Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With Spider-Man: Homecoming slated for release in July 7, 2017, Civil War may not have the profound lasting impact as The Winter Soldier.

What of the Other Characters?

Vision (Paul Bettany) seemed a little out of place in the film since he’s the only other person who could lift Mjolnir aside from Thor, yet he still blindly follows Tony, a person completely filled with flaws. Any being with an objective mind would have at least made the conscious effort to hear both sides out. Vision doesn’t bear the guilt Tony has throughout the MCU and everything he did in the film either dealt with keep Scarlet Witch/Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) at bay and domesticated or contribute to the airport fight without any further attempt of dealing with the greater problem at hand as to why Cap is doing what he’s doing. I expected better of the android.

Going to assume Rhodey/War Machine (Don Cheadle) will still work on walking again alongside Tony and his future involvement in the MCU will tie with him as well. Same with Vision.

Falcon/Sam (Anthony Mackie) will likely follow Cap around unless they find a way to shoehorn him in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hawkeye/Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow/Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) will likely be sitting things out until at least Black Panther since I don’t see either involved with Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming or Thor: Ragnarok. Same goes for Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp).

I don’t see Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being further involved beyond Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Sci-fi and technology geek since the NES days, Tom loves everything from the cult classics, the contemporary hits to the beast with two backs that is Disney and Marvel. His life's mission is to be the ultimate nerd savant sitting on the iron throne as CEO of Skynet while masquerading as a vigilante at night wearing hockey pads.

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  1. Personally, I think given what Vision and Tony know of what happened with SHIELD, they should have known better to think somehow corruption mind make its way through bureaucracy. That’s how HYDRA thrived for all those years within SHIELD. They still have politicians in their back pockets. What’s to say those elements don’t reside within the governments of the world?

  2. In the flashback with Winter soldier taking out the Starks, before being killed Mr. Stark says: “James Buchanon. I’m sorry.” Which I would expect to mean that he knew of Bucky’s status as the brainwashed assassin, and maybe his responsibility for his condition (if only for the stolen technology used upon him, or such), but it would be interesting to see a follow-up explanation for his last words.

    The use and abuse of “Shaky-Cam” needs to stop in Hollywood. Period.

    I would love to see Sharon Carter added to the SHIELD TV show, and maybe have it lead up to the films and tie-in more, as well as having Hawkeye and Black Widow guest star on a few episodes next season. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Inhumans grow out of the SHIELD show either, but they seem to be meandering more than a little bit, as if the show has no focus right now, which needs to change.

    Supposedly the actor playing Bucky has signed an 8 picture deal, so it will be interesting to see how they will bring him into other films in the future, no? Perhaps they will finally introduce Dr. Leonard Samson to help break his HYDRA brainwashing.

    I think that the Vision’s blind-spot continues to be understanding the human conditions of greed and corruption, which is why he sided with the Accord, because it was a logical step (without realizing the implications of how easily it could be abused.) I kept waiting for Sec. of State John Hurt’s character to reveal his ties to HYDRA, as if the accord were nothing more than a way to hamstring the Avengers. It was nice to see the Vision struggling with his emerging feelings for Wanda, and laying the groundwork for some romance in the future.

    Kudos for bringing both Redwing and Giant-Man intot the film, as both were a welcome nod to the comics. On the other hand, I’m a bit conflicted about Peter “Spider-man” Parker’s handling in the film. The brief scenes were fun, but I wonder how they might sustain that for a whole feature film. Granted, part of that was seeing a “Hot” Aunt May. Ben “The Thing” Grimm’s Aunt Petunia (courtesy of John Byrne) was supposed to be the “Pretty-Hot-And-Tempting” Aunt in the MCU!

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